The U.S. Department of
Transportation said that nearly $80 million in grants have been delivered to
states as part of President Obama's historic high-speed and intercity passenger
rail program. These grants will go toward the development of a brand new
Recovery Act funded high-speed rail system in Florida as well as critical
upgrades to existing passenger rail service throughout the country.
Transportation Authority said it has entered into a contract with a joint
venture of Related Companies and new partner Oxford Properties Group for the
development of the MTA's Hudson Yards into a mixed-use community that will
include 12 million square feet of commercial and residential development. The
deal calls for the MTA to lease the site to the joint venture for 99 years,
with purchase options, and will provide $1 billion for vital MTA capital
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Regional
Transit Authority, designated the transit stop at South Park and Shaker
boulevards as the Nature
Center at Shaker Lakes stop
Water may not be to blame
for the settling of light-rail tracks at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue
and Second Street, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Don Lint, Hampton Roads Transit
light-rail construction manager, said that once the tracks and the panels they
are bolted to are removed next week, the agency will have a better idea of what
The North Carolina
Department of Transportation's Rail Division has applied for federal planning
funds that would allow for the expansion of intercity passenger rail service to
the western and southeastern parts of the state.
Target Field already is
the capital of Minnesota baseball. Now it may spawn Minneapolis' answer to
Grand Central Station, the Star Tribune reports.
The Los Angeles Metro
Transit Authority is exploring ways to provide commuters with an alternative to
the 405 freeway by extending the South Bay Metro Green Line. One option is into
North Redondo Beach, to many residents' dismay, the Beach Reporter reports.
Cindy Hammett plans to retire this summer and spend more time at
home taking care of her two young grandchildren. She hopes she doesn't have to
spend that time listening to train horns sounding near her house. Hammett doesn't
like the horns blowing day and night, NewsOK reports.
There will be no train
service between the East Falls Church, Va., and West Falls Church-VT/UVA
Metrorail stations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 29, 30 and
31), and the first two weekends in June (June 5-6 and 12-13) to allow the
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to undertake the first in a series of major
construction activities that eventually will connect the new rail line to the
existing Metrorail system.